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Ex-teacher accused of abusing Kenyan street children

Simon Harris, who used to be a housemaster and Latin teacher at Shebbear College in Devon Credit: ITV News

A man who admitted indecently assaulting boys at a private school in Devon has appeared in court in Birmingham accused of 27 further sexual offences involving young boys in Kenya.

Simon Harris has already pleaded guilty to sex offences committed against three pupils, all aged between 13 and 14, while he was employed at Shebbear College in the 1980s.

Today the court was told how he "preyed" on Kenyan street children as young as six years old. Harris denies the charges.

Simon Harris had previously admitted assaulting boys at Shebbear College in the 1980s Credit: ITV News

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Driver arrested after teenager dies in car river plunge

Avon & Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses following the death of a woman after the car in which she was travelling ended up submerged in the River Parrett.

The male driver managed to escape from the vehicle in the incident which happened near to Martock during the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday 19 October).

The man (21) and woman (19) were in the car which was travelling along Broadmead near to the junction with Hawthorn Hill in the direction of Gawbridge Bow at about 1.10am. The car left the road and entered the River Parrett.

The driver managed to escape but the teenage passenger was trapped in the car. She was declared dead at the scene.

The driver was later arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and has been released on police bail, pending further enquiries.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the incident, who may have information to help their enquiries.

Plymouth taxi drivers pay tribute to Alan Henning

About 70 taxis took part. Credit: ITV News/Jacquie Bird

Plymouth taxi drivers took part in a convoy through the city today in solidarity for the murdered taxi driver Alan Henning.

Drivers of all faiths rode alongside each other for the rally, which culminated on the Hoe.

Mr Henning, from Salford, had gone to Syria as an aid worker. He was captured by Isis militants and beheaded earlier this month.

Alan Henning in Syria, prior to his capture. Credit: Family photo
The convoy arrives on the Hoe. Credit: ITV News/Jacquie Bird

Devon Council to recruit volunteer pothole repair army

Devon County Council want to recruit an army of community road wardens to carry out repairs to potholes. They won't be paid - but will get training and all the equipment they need.

Do you think it's a good idea? If so, are there other ways we can all work together to improve the area where we live? Please add your comments to our Facebook page, or email westcountry@itv.com.

The pothole army is coming. Credit: PA

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The moment a blind man got his sight back

A woman from Devon has captured the moment a blind man's sight was restored, as part of a project in Malawi in Africa.

Rachel Palmer filmed the operation, which was broadcast live on the internet around the world. When the bandage was removed, the man was able to see his 18 month old grandson for the first time.

Watch what happened in the following video, courtesy of Sightsavers.

Devon journalist films blind man's sight restored

Winesi, who was blind, got to see his grandson for the first time Credit: SeeTheMiracle

A woman from Devon has captured the moment a blind man's sight was restored, as part of a project in Malawi in Africa. Rachel Palmer filmed the operation, which was broadcast live on the internet around the world. When the bandage was removed, the man was able to see his 18 month old grandson for the first time.

It was absolutely incredible. One of the most amazing things I've seen. Being able to give someone back their sight also means giving back their life and it was just remarkable, the difference in this one guy, Winesi, who we followed. He had a whole new lease of life and he actually said "before when I was blind, I felt like I was dead and I feel like I've been reborn now."

– Rachel Palmer, Multimedia journalist
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